Split S

The Split S (also called a reversed Immelmann turn or spelled with a hyphen as Split-S) is one of the oldest air combat maneuvers, but is still considered useful, mostly to disengage from combat. To execute a Split S, the pilot rolls his aircraft inverted and then executes a half-loop, thus ending flying level in the opposite direction.


It is typically used in dog fighting, when the pilot has the opportunity to withdraw from battle. Contrary to popular belief, this maneuver is almost never used to evade target-locked air-to-air missiles. However, it can be an effective tactic to prevent an enemy behind one (between eight o'clock and five o'clock) from gaining a missile lock while one is disengaging from a fight.

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